Without admitting any fault or liability, and in exchange for a release of all claims against Defendants regarding the collection lawsuits at issue, Defendants have agreed to provide benefits to three Subclasses:
- Defendants will provide a credit in the amount of $75 against the outstanding account balance to class members whose accounts are collectible and have an outstanding balance of more than $75.
- Defendants have also agreed to pay a refund to and permanently close the accounts of class members whose accounts were designated “Ownership” and noted as such in their records.
- Defendants have agreed to make $100,000 (the “Settlement Fund”) available to pay those class members whose accounts are either uncollectible or have an outstanding balance of $75 or less and who submit a claim form.
Defendants also agreed to pay an incentive award to Blaylock and Casey Davis, As Independent Administrator for the Estate of Guillermo Macia, for serving as the “class representatives,” to dismiss its collection lawsuits against Blaylock
and Macia, to pay attorneys’ fees and costs to Blaylock and Macia’s attorneys, and to pay settlement administration costs.
The Court has preliminarily approved this settlement, subject to a fairness hearing that will occur on November 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m in the Circuit Court of St. Clair County, 10 Public Square, Belleville, Illinois 62220. Check with the Circuit Clerk’s office at the Court House for courtroom location on the day of the hearing. If the Court grants final approval of the settlement, then each class member who meets the requirements in the first paragraph of this section will receive either the $75 credit on their account or a refund payments as described above. There will also be the additional payment of valid claim forms for the third Subclass.